Episode from the story of Haftvad and the Worm....
AKDN and Germany have held a long term partnership dating back to 1988. Over that time, AKDN has worked with a number of German partners, particularly around infrastructure, governance, education and cultural restoration.
In 2004 an MOU was signed with BMZ (the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) with an aim to deepen collaboration. AKDN also partners with Germany to implement projects in Germany, particularly with a focus on social inclusion.
AKDN’s German partners AKDN maintains number of important partnerships in Germany, including with BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development); GFFO (German Federal Foreign Office); GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation); KfW, which has been a partner in a number of projects; DEG (German Investment and Development Cooperation), a KfW subsidiary; DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service); and with Deutsche Welle (Germany’s international broadcaster). AKDN-Germany partnership overview In Tajikistan, these partnerships have helped build roads, bridges and hydroelectric plants. They promote tourism, support improvements to health, establish markets and mitigate disaster risks. In Afghanistan, they have worked to establish hospitals, build irrigation canals, and provide microfinance. In Pakistan, they have helped create renewable energy sources, financed health insurance and supported new water and sanitation schemes. In Africa, instrumental partnerships have helped the Aga Khan University’s nursing and midwifery schools to expand and assisted in the establishment of a new Graduate School of Media and Communications. They have also helped establish health programmes for cotton farmers in Burkina Faso, create energy infrastructure in Uganda, support microfinance in Cote d’Ivoire and promote tourism in East Africa. AKDN in Germany AKDN has partnered with Freie University of Berlin through social inclusion work targeting Afghan communities residing in Germany (Berlin and Hamburg) and focused on addressing content gaps within state ECD curriculums that preclude Afghan parents from accessing ECD services for their children. His Highness the Aga Khan has spoken in Germany on a number of occasions, including in 2004 at the fifth German Ambassadors Conference at the invitation of the German Minister for Foreign Affairs. He also received Die Quadriga’s 2005 Prize in recognition of the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, and the “Tolerance” Award from the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing in recognition of his efforts to promote greater understanding and respect between peoples and cultures, and for his dedication to social, cultural and economic development in some of the world’s poorest countries. AKDN has also presented several exhibitions of art and objects from the Aga Khan Museum, in Berlin, seminars on architecture, and concerts of Central Asian music at a number of venues in the country.
May 2006 - Aga Khan receives Tolerance Award from the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing.